Photo: Jennifer Causey

If you're only steaming 'em, you're missing out. These are the best ways to cook every type of veg.

Jaime Ritter
December 01, 2017

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Photo: Jennifer Causey

For tough, cruciferous veggies like broccoli or cauliflower, roasting is really best. Our editors love to roast just a little too long to get crispy, charred edges and great crunch.

Get the Recipe: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

Brussels Sprouts

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Our editors were divided on Brussels sprouts—half fell in the roasting camp, while the other half insisted they're best served raw and shaved in a salad. Their argument was compelling: the crunch is unrivaled and they add a great canvas for color.

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate, Avocado, and Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad

Onions

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The way onions are cooked (and the way they taste) totally depends on the color and variety. Red and white onions are great on the grill, while sweet onions are best caramelized.

Get the Recipe: Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions

Kale

Greg DuPree

Kale can be rough and unpleasantly bitter when eaten raw. Luckily, there's an easy way around it—massaging kale first (sounds weird, but trust us) with a little oil and lemon juice seasons it perfectly and makes it way more tender.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Kale Caesar Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Collard Greens

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Plain and simple, the best way to eat collards is stewing them down until they're wilted and completely tender. Adding a pinch of sugar or a splash of vinegar cuts down on bitterness.

Get the Recipe: Stewed Collards

Cabbage

Caitlin Bensel

If you've never had braised cabbage, you're seriously missing out. Cabbage has a naturally high water content, so it will wilt easily with very little liquid. Add your flavors at the end of braising so they stand out in the finished dish.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-and-Apple Braised Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots are great roasted, but there's something so hearty about carrots parboiled, then finished in butter and herbs on the stovetop.

Get the Recipe: Honey Mustard Glazed Carrots